Your skin changes with the weather, and so do your skincare routines. To help keep your skin safe during the summer months, consider the dangers that come with intense sunlight and heat. To properly prepare, follow these tips:

Risks that Come with the Sun

Before getting into a summer routine, let’s go over how dangerous the sun can be. The sun emits ultraviolet light in the form of UV rays. While good in small doses, overexposure can damage the skin and increase an individual’s risk of developing skin cancers. Alongside sunlight, tanning beds can cause UV overexposure as well.

 

Sunburn is a direct result of overexposure to UV sunlight, and although it is not deadly, sunburn can be incredibly painful.

Make Your own Shade

To help prevent skin damage in the summer, consider spending more time in the shade than in direct sunlight. Shaded areas allow for less UV exposure, and they can help prevent heat stroke as well. Bringing an umbrella to the beach or wearing a wide-brimmed hat helps more than you think. To avoid eye damage from the sun, sunglasses are another way to protect the eyes specifically.

Wear Sunscreen

Of course, the most highly recommended solution to avoiding sunburn is to use sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays, and can thus prevent sunburn. Since suncreen is often a cream or a spray, it should be applied to the entire body. When coupled with occasional shade, your skin will have near-perfect defense against sun overexposure. Sunscreen is essential regardless of how dark someone’s skin is, as melanin production does not necessarily equate to UV resistance.

 

When applying sunscreen, it is important to fully rub in the solution to keep it from coming off. Use roughly one ounce of sunscreen for your whole body to get the full effect, and reapply it every few hours.While most sunscreens work well on all parts of the body, sunscreens designed specifically for the face are quite popular-- they are gentle, and leave the face with a less oily texture.

What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Get?

If you’re looking for what SPF to get, a good rule of thumb is to consider how often you’re outside. Most everyday skincare routines recommend an SPF 15 sunscreen for the face, regardless of the season. However, in the summer, the lowest possible coverage you’ll need is SPF 30. Typically SPF 100 sunscreens are ideal for the most active individuals, who spend most of their time outside. Always look for broad spectrum coverage when shopping for sunscreen as well. The “broad spectrum” label means your sunscreen will protect you from a wider variety of UV rays to provide maximum protection.

 

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